Teachable Moments

The ESC’s Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments are short, 5-10 minute video interviews with Pitt faculty exploring current events issues related to Europe. These videos are made available to teachers and students to provide a resource for better understanding controversies and debates making headlines. A list of suggested further readings accompanies each video. For comments or to make suggestions for future topics, please contact Kathy Ayers (kma69@pitt.edu). These videos are the intellectual property of the University of Pittsburgh, but are available for free viewing and download for educational purposes. Please acknowledge The European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in your papers or presentations or any other work issuing from the content included in these videos.

The Italian Government and Elections
May 2018 - Jae-Jae Spoon of the European Studies Center and Gemma Marolda of the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh discuss the Italian electoral process. Addtional Resources

Universalism in France
April 2018 - Kathy Ayers of the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and Sara Nyobe, Robert Morris University's 2018 Rooney International Visiting Scholar, discuss multiculturalism in France and her research on issues of identity in the workplace. Additional Resources

The Northern Irish Peace Process Today
December 9, 2016 - Pitt faculty member, Dr. Tony Novosel, interviews peace activist Mary Montague about the current status of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and how it might be impacted by last June’s Brexit vote.  Conversations on Europe: Teachable Moments are a K-16 teaching resource provided by the European Studies Center.  The University of Pittsburgh holds the right to this video.  It is available solely for use in educational settings. Read additional resources.

The Burkini Controversy
September 16, 2016 - Allyson Delnore of the European Studies Center and Jeanette Jouili of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh discuss the so-called "Burkini controversy" that emerged in France in the summer of 2016, in which mayors in some French cities and towns attempted to ban the wearing of modest, full-body swimwear at public beaches. Read additional resources.

Brexit and the UK Referendum - What Does it All Mean?
July 27, 2016 - Dr. Jae-Jae Spoon of the University of Pittsburgh talks about the "Brexit" and its ramifications in terms that will help teachers introduce the topic into their classroom discussions.

Wondering how to purchase a film or other resource materials for your classroom?  The ESC is accepting applications under its Bridge to Europe program to help fund classroom resources related to the teaching of European studies (broadly conceived).  To learn more, visit www.ucis.pitt.edu/esc/content/outreach/educators or contact our Outreach Coordinator at europeanstudies@pitt.edu.

Funding provided by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education.